Agricultural Biotech

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Agricultural Biotech
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May 30, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed regulations for RNA interference, or RNAi.
May 10, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Cornell University’s request for permission to test a safe, promising pest control method.
April 17, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration on a proposal to treat gene-edited animals as forbidden until proven safe even in complete absence of any apparent risk.
April 3, 2017
Fears of new discoveries have led to calls for “precautionary” regulation, which risks stifling agricultural innovation without any showing of need or benefit. There is a better way. The time is long past due for significant regulatory rollback.
March 10, 2017
Regulatory agencies face an avalanche of innovative products, but they are more ready than they think to evaluate them, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
February 24, 2017
In a presentation to the 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Outlook Forum, Val Giddings presents on biotechnology and how it has delivered significant innovations to improve the economics and sustainability of sugar production through improved sugar beets, and is poised to do the same with sugar cane.
January 25, 2017
The food industry downplays setbacks, has failed to appreciate the nature of the opposition, and has failed to adequately defend genetically modified food against widespread Luddite fear mongering, write Val Giddings and Wayne Parrot in Forbes.
January 24, 2017
A biotech-improved apple will cut food waste and encourage more fruit consumption, if we let it, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
January 8, 2017
In a presentation to the State Agricultural & Rural Leaders Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit in Baton Rouge, LA, Val Giddings argued that the GMO labeling controversy has been rendered largely moot with the passage in 2016 of a mandatory federal disclosure requirement, though controversies can be expected as regulations to implement the law are developed.
December 15, 2016
Unintended consequences of biotech regulations have disrupted trade and cost billions, but the fix is easy, says Val Giddings in Innovation Files.